Tuesday, February 22, 2021 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto Maple Leafs (32-14-3, 67 points, 3rd Atlantic, 6th East)
Columbus Blue Jackets (25-23-1, 51 points, 5th Metro, 10th East)
After a hearty, exciting 7-3 win on Sunday evening over the Buffalo Sabres, the Blue Jackets are looking to keep their momentum going strong against a better team - the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Compared to the Sabres, the Leafs have a .684 points percentage over the Sabres’ measly .392. And the challenges won’t be letting up - the Jackets have an action packed week, playing the Panthers in Florida on Thursday, Carolina on Friday, and the Penguins at home on Sunday. Busy week! A strong showing tonight against a solid Maple Leafs team will be an essential first step to a successful end of February for the Blue Jackets.
Player to Watch
Again! J-F Berube had an excellent game on Sunday, shaking off the rust after a four-year hiatus from NHL goalkeeping. After the game, Berube remarked the night was off to a challenging start because he wasn’t seeing many pucks at first - he said he would have preferred more action to start with. That makes one of us! But he stepped up to the challenge and was able to notch a win in front of his wife and young son, Cayden.
He’s in goal again tonight, with Jet Greaves as backup - Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo are both still out. Feeling extra grateful for the CBJ’s goalkeeping depth on days like today, although I’d still like to see Jeff Svoboda in as EBUG.
Jake Bean has been skating with the team for the past two days, but Larsen still does not have an ETA for his return. Alexandre Texier has not resumed skating with the team yet.
This week will be a challenge, but alternate captain Zach Werenski says it’s a challenge for which the team is prepared. “We know we can play with these teams. It’s doing it for a full 60 consistently and not having breakdowns and turnovers, just playing the right way. It should be exciting for us. We should be excited as a group for this.”
The Other Bench
The Maple Leafs are coming down to Columbus hot off a bad loss to a bad team (sorry Montreal) - losing 5-2 last night in a bright spot in the season for the Canadiens. Let’s capitalize while they’re down!
12/7/2021 CBJ 4 @ TOR 5
2/22/2022 TOR @ CBJ
3/7/2022 TOR @ CBJ
|3.55 (4)||GPG||3.27 (11)|
|2.78 (10)||GAPG||3.65 (31)|
|31.1% (1)||PP%||17.2% (23)|
|84.8% (5)||PK%||80.4% (14)|
|53.3% (6)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||48.0% (21)|
|52.6% (8)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||47.0% (25)|
|8.5 (10)||5v5 Shooting %||9.5 (6)|
|.913 (26)||5v5 Save %||.904 (30)|
|Auston Matthews, 33||G Leader||Boone Jenner, 21|
|Morgan Rielly, 37||A Leader||Jakub Voracek, 32|
|Auston Matthews, 59||P Leader||Boone Jenner, 39|
|Wayne Simmonds, 47||PIM Leader||Andrew Peeke, 32|
|14-9-2||Home / Road||13-10-1|
|Patrik Laine||Boone Jenner||Jakub Voracek|
|Gus Nyquist||Cole Sillinger||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Max Domi||Sean Kuraly||Yegor Chinakhov|
|Brendan Gaunce||Jack Roslovic||Justin Danforth|
|Zach Werenski||Andrew Peeke|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Adam Boqvist|
|Gavin Bayreuther||Dean Kukan|
|Michael Bunting||Auston Matthews||Mitch Marner|
|Alexander Kerfoot||John Tavares||William Nylander|
|Ilya Mikheyev||David Kampf||Ondrej Kase|
|Pierre Engvall||Jason Spezza||Wayne Simmonds|
|Morgan Rielly||T.J. Brodie|
|Jake Muzzin||Timothy Liljegren|
|Travis Dermott||Justin Holl|